Supply chain solution blog

Protect yourself against counterfeits in these times of shortages


In February this year EPS News reported severe Electronic Component Shortages Possible in 2017. Since December 2016 we have experienced a significant rise in the number of enquiries we are receive each day. Our current volume of enquiries for electronic component stock is around 3 times higher than the same time last year. We are seeing shortages on a wide variety of products and brands. We are still nowhere near the heights of the shortages witnessed in 1999 / 2000 but if you were around then, you may remember that the lead up to that peak period was quite gradual. When...

Supply Chain, Back to the Future!


The negative impact of the counterfeit threat has hit OEM and EMS companies hard. For many, cost reduction through clever sourcing is no longer an option as it is deemed too risky. How did this happen? I started out in the electronics business 32 years ago serving my time as an engineer in the Aerospace sector. Much later, when I joined one of the world's largest Franchised Distributors in 1999 I began to realise that every company I dealt with had a few "brokers" up their sleeve. This allowed them to make PPV or savings on their BOM cost. At...

Clarification still required regarding the "gray market"...


The electronics Media and Franchised Distributors are still blaming counterfeit supply on the "Gray Market". We have always argued that the true perpetrators are operating in the Black Market. The term "Independent distributors" was born out of a need to separate the good from the bad in this much needed segment of the supply chain. Independent distributors come in many shapes and sizes and not all are created equal. Component Sense enjoys being Independent because it allows us fill essential voids in the supply chain. We love being able to provide innovative solutions to age old problems. Our first line...

Risk Free Cost Reduction for Electronic Manufacturing


In times of Olde (Pre 2005) smart buyers were always looking to Brokers to help them save money on their Bill of Materials (BOM). Accessing someone else's excess stock was a great way to buy for less. A motivated seller is often prepared to take a loss on their stock creating a bargain for you, the buyer. In recent years, this has become fraught with danger. Cost reduction without Risk! Many OEM and EMS companies now only look to brokers for desperate situations caused by a line down or obsolescence. The curse that is counterfeit parts has created enough doubt...

Efficient Sourcing for Independent Distributors


Global part searching companies often have to search for hard-to-find and obsolete parts and they will typically have a clearly defined process for doing so. They may search through the many forums that are out there such as: NetCOMPONENTS, Broker Forum, IC Source and many more Asian based platforms. There are also companies like Find Chips and Octoparts that will allow you to search through franchised stock which is quite a useful tool. These companies often have pricing on them so you can click through and "buy now". We are at present on all of those forums but you can...

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